White House flags back at full-staff after McCain death

S Sen. John Mc Cain through the years

S Sen. John Mc Cain through the years

I feel compassion for him and his family as they go through this.

The 81-year-old Republican senator died on Saturday at his Arizona home, surrounded by his family.

It will conclude almost a week of events honouring the man, whose body will lie in state on Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol and on Friday in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC, with a formal ceremony and time for the public to pay respects. John McCain, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Anthem, Ariz.

Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential election, said in a statement on Saturday night that "we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed".

But Trump, who in 2015 derided McCain's five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam by saying "I like people who weren't captured", nixed the plans despite pleas from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Chief of Staff John Kelly, the Post wrote. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted instead.

Trump will not attend McCain's memorial services in D.C. but said that he has "asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday".

The White House had faced criticism from veterans groups for following protocol and raising the flag back to full staff one and a half days after Senator John McCain's death.




In May, CNN reported McCain did not want Trump at his funeral.

McCain frequently criticized the president's policies and tone and famously sunk Trump-backed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Trump, when he returned to Washington, altered his stance, but nearly daily assails the investigation into the election interference.

McCain's letter to America spoke of his love for the United States and his gratitude to his family and his nation. "But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake".

This photo taken on January 3, 2018 shows Tran Trong Duyet, the former director at the Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi, showing a photo at his home in Haiphong of US Senator John McCain (bottom right), who was held at the jail dubbed the Hanoi Hilton for five and a half years after his jet was shot down over a Hanoi Lake in 1967. The tributes singled out McCain's military service and heroism as a POW and his independence as a political leader.

Republican governors that have announced that they have lowered flags until McCain's burial include Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Kasich.

Outside the United States, world leaders lauded McCain's role and presence overseas.

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